Aligning stakeholder interests, governance requirements and blockchain design in business and government information sharing

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Governance requirements for systems supporting information sharing be-tween businesses and government organisations (B&G) are determined by a high variety of stakeholders with often conflicting interests. These conflict-ing interests can hamper the introduction and scaling-up of ICT-innovations that change their roles and authorities. We address one such innovation: the introduction of blockchain technologies in the B&G context. Who can gov-ern data and the system depends on several elements of the design of a blockchain-based system, particularly the data structure, consensus mecha-nism and network topology. Design choices regarding these elements affect who can make decisions and hence we call them blockchain control points. These control points require an explicit and well-understood relationship be-tween the design decisions and the interests of stakeholders. Yet, the litera-ture on blockchain technology and governance does not offer such insight. Therefore, we developed a framework to assess the alignment between stakeholders interest and blockchain design choices. This framework consists of three views and their interrelationships, 1) a stakeholder view providing insight into the tensions between stakeholder’s interests and governance re-quirements, 2), a governance view on the rights concerning the data and the system, and 3) a blockchain control view describing how design decisions on the control points affect whether governance requirements are met and how parties can exercise their rights. Making these links explicit enables an un-derstanding of how technical design choices can trigger organizational dy-namics from the stakeholder view and vice versa. Based on the framework we formulate a research agenda concerning blockchain design choices and governance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Government - 19th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, EGOV 2020, Proceedings
EditorsGabriela Viale Pereira, Marijn Janssen, Habin Lee, Ida Lindgren, Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar, Hans Jochen Scholl, Anneke Zuiderwijk
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-57599-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-57598-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12219 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Access control
  • Blockchain technology
  • Business
  • Consensus mechanism
  • Distributed ledger technology
  • Governance
  • Government
  • Information sharing


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